Red Hook Fest

Live Music & Dance on the Beautiful Brooklyn Waterfront

FREE and open to the public

The Red Hook Fest kicks off features world-class music and dance and fun activities for all ages like free kayak rides in New York Harbor (c/o the Red Hook Boaters), face-painting, and Red Hook Trivia Game Night.


Gallim Dance is one of the preeminent emerging dance companies in the world, a fact recognized this April by the presentation of a Guggenheim Fellowship to Artistic Director Andrea Miller (“A most original artist-“ Village Voice). With performers “of the highest caliber” (Dance Europe), Gallim Dance’s work has been seen in top-flight venues across the world (BAM, New York City Center, Jacob’s Pillow, Théâtre National de Chaillot, the TANZ Bremen Festival in Germany) and has been hailed as “excellent, inventive, impressive” by the New York Times.

The Dance Cartel brings jubilation and humor back to dance,” according to an enthusiastic headline in the Village Voice. Delivering “haute-performance theory with a house party vibe” (New York Times) while working alongside artists like Yoko Ono (for her “Bad Dancer” music video) and Reggie Watts (multiple collaborations, live and on television), this NYC-based company offers “live performance at its best” (Huffington Post).

As a dancer, Desiree Godsell has been around the world and even made the late-night rounds (Letterman, Conan, Fallon and Colbert). As a choreographer, she brings her own company, Godsell Dance Collective, to the Festival, mixing classic Latin dance forms with an off-kilter pop sensibility honed performing and choreographing for international recording star Santigold.

Dendê & Band: Driven by master percussionist Dendê’s polyrhythmic power and joyous melodies, this spirited band (“an expert amalgamation of Afro-Brazilian and Cuban rhythms”- Flavorpill) blends Brazil’s rhythm-heavy music with Afrobeat, reggae, merengue, and other global grooves into an irresistible call to the dance floor. Dendê and Band’s jubilant, upbeat live shows soar with sizzling showmanship.

Steeped in influence and inspiration credited to Fela Kuti and the West African pioneered Afrobeat aesthetic, Underground System has since carved out a niche that stands uniquely alone as its own. A menagerie of the best kind – part baile funk MCing, part Italian folk song, part Afrobeat anthem – the band has toured the country with their unique 10-piece sound.